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Effect of finishing cattle on low fat distillers grains on animal performance and carcass and meat characteristics

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About this report:

High fat and high sulfur concentrations in traditional distillers grains plus solubles limit inclusion rates in feedlot cattle diets. High dietary sulfur concentrations are known to affect intake, potentially impacting health and performance of cattle. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of differing dietary concentrations of roughage and sulfur in beef cattle feedlot finishing diets.

Conclusions:

In summary, high dietary sulfur concentrations did not reduce animal performance, although a reduction in dry matter intake was observed. When dietary roughage was increased, the animals ate more feed per day, and it took less feed to put on a pound of gain (or weight).

Project outcomes:

Ethanol production in Minnesota has provided feedlot operators an opportunity to utilize ethanol coproducts in feedlot rations. This report will help feedlot producers make informed decisions on the use of distillers grains in their cattle diets.

Partners:

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council

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